Often compared to Bali, the island of Lombok is an enticing summer destination in southern Indonesia. The two paradisiacal islands are only separated by the Lombok Strait but they have very distinct differences: Lombok is Muslim, Bali is Hindu; Lombok is unspoiled, Bali is overcrowded; and Lombok has amazing waves, Bali doesn’t. Surfing in Lombok is now gaining international recognition. Below are the island’s leading surf points.
First is Bangko Bangko Beach in the southwestern coast of Lombok. This is a very isolated spot, which is why surfers refer to it as the best secret surf point. It is frequented by Australians, who call the place Desert Point. It is now more popularly known by that name. The regular non-surfing tourist most likely has never heard of Desert Point but it is known by surfers to offer some of the best waves in the world. It is popular for its long wall and hollow left hander that can break up to 300 meters. There have been filmed cases of 20-second barrels and 10-second tubes. Although at times Bangko Bangko Beach can be calm and wave-less for weeks, just one bomb can make the surfers very satisfied. This is truly one of the best kept secrets in Lombok, and it is best visited from May to October.
Second is the huge Gerupuk Bay in Kuta, about 7 km away from the popular Kuta Beach. Surfers are sure to get a wave here since this spot is actually made up of four different sports with different tides, winds and swell combinations. The waves may only be accessed by boat. Gerupuk Bay’s four points are Inside Gerupuk (Bumbang Bay), Outside Gerupuk (Gili Golong), Don-Don and Kid’s Point (Pelawangan). The friendliest are the ones in Inside Gerupuk. It is a right-hander over flat reef, which is fun and satisfying for both beginning and highly experienced surfers. The breaks are surfable all year round. Since it is protected by surrounding hills, the surf is best experienced on incoming tide that could hold up a solid 10 feet. Don-Don and Kid’s Point may also be enjoyed by surfers of all levels. Meanwhile, Outside Gerupuk can hold 8-10 feet but is best at 4-6 feet. The best time to come here is from October to April.
Finally, there are the beaches and other points in Kuta, such as Are Guling, Seger Beach, Kuta Beach, Mawi and Ekas Beach. On the west side of Kuta is Are Guling point, which gives out the best right hander on the island’s southern coast. Surfers get to enjoy doubling up and barreling of the inside section during middle to low tides. Meanwhile, Ekas Beach to the east of Kuta offers two points: Outside Ekas and Inside Ekas, which are considered by surfers to provide fun, walling peaks.
Kuta is clearly Lombok’s surf paradise. Experienced and beginning surfers come to this exotic Indonesian island specifically to enjoy surfing in Lombok, and almost always their main and primary destination is Kuta. Kuta is accessible by taxi or a bus ride from Mataram (capital city) to Praya (second largest city), and then two bemo rides to Sengkol and then downtown Kuta.